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IMA

IMA

für gemischten Chor und Orchester

Texte von Sándor Weöres und Gerhard Rühm


  • Instrumentation: mixed choir and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: artificial language

Description
IMA by Peter Eötvös is spatial music for a choir of solo singers and a large main choir. All choral parts are almost permanently divided into two sections; in addition, 12 solo singers form a chamber choir. The orchestra is reassembled, the string sections spread out over the whole place.

In his composition IMA, which means ’prayer’, Eötvös portrays the biblical act of creation by means of tonal and motivic development. The text of the composition is based on sound poems by Gerhard Rühm (’gebet’) and Sándor Weöres (’GENESIS I. 1-3’).

Both poems, one written in the form of a litany, the other transforming the subtext of the Bible into an invented ritual language of his own invention, explain the first phase of creation, the primordial state, the basic substance from which everything derives and to which everything returns.
Details
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk des Westdeutschen Rundfunks Köln
Content text: I 1. Teil "ATH PAOXANG"
II 2. Teil "ANGHTECHLIN QUOXUMO AXAN..."
3. Teil "AUEOI..."
Performance duration: 18'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 13. September 2002 Köln, Philharmonie (D) · Dirigent: Sylvain Cambreling · Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester · WDR Rundfunkchor Köln · Choreinstudierung: Anton Marik
Year of composition: 2001-2002
instrumentation: 3 (2., 3. auch Picc.) · 2 (2. auch Engl. Hr.) · 2 in A · Bassklar. (auch Kb.-Klar.) · 2 Sax. (1. Alt/Bariton, 2. Alt/Bariton) · 2 (2. auch Kfg.) - 3 · 3 · 3 (3. Basspos.) · 1 - S. (4 Trgl. · 11 Röhrengl. · 4 Crot. · 9 Gongs · 4 Nietenbeck. · 2 hg. Beck. · 8 Röhren · 4 Tamt. · 6 Klangplatten · 8 Schellenbündel · 2 Donnerbleche · 2 Glsp. · 2 Vibr.) (4 Spieler) - 2 Keyb.* (beide Synth. u. Sampler) - Str. (2 · 0 · 2 · 2 · 2) - 12 Chorsolisten - Tontechniker im Saal
* Für alle technischen Anweisungen wenden Sie sich bitte an www.eotvospeter.com / For technical instructions please contact www.eotvospeter.com
Performances
IMA
Conductor: Mátyás Antal
Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar
2016-03-08 | Budapest (Hungary), Zeneakadémia — 19:30
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2011-05-14 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 20.00 h | national Premiere
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2009-11-13 | Paris (France), Maison de Radio France, Salle Olivier Messiaen | national Premiere
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland
2005-10-23 | Bruxelles (Belgium), Palais des Beaux-Arts — 20.00 h | national Premiere
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland
2005-10-22 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 14.15 h | national Premiere
IMA
2005-03-10 | Szeged (Hungary), Szeged National Theatre | First Night
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
2005-01-21 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
2005-01-20 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
2005-01-19 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal
IMA
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra: Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
2002-09-13 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie | World Premiere
Audio Stream
IMA by Peter Eötvös is spatial music for a choir of solo singers and a large main choir. All choral parts are almost permanently divided into two sections; in addition, 12 solo singers form a chamber choir. The orchestra is reassembled, the string sections spread out over the whole place.

In his composition IMA, which means ’prayer’, Eötvös portrays the biblical act of creation by means of tonal and motivic development. The text of the composition is based on sound poems by Gerhard Rühm (’gebet’) and Sándor Weöres (’GENESIS I. 1-3’).

Both poems, one written in the form of a litany, the other transforming the subtext of the Bible into an invented ritual language of his own invention, explain the first phase of creation, the primordial state, the basic substance from which everything derives and to which everything returns.
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk des Westdeutschen Rundfunks Köln
Content text: I 1. Teil "ATH PAOXANG"
II 2. Teil "ANGHTECHLIN QUOXUMO AXAN..."
3. Teil "AUEOI..."
Performance duration: 18'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 13. September 2002 Köln, Philharmonie (D) · Dirigent: Sylvain Cambreling · Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester · WDR Rundfunkchor Köln · Choreinstudierung: Anton Marik
Year of composition: 2001-2002
instrumentation: 3 (2., 3. auch Picc.) · 2 (2. auch Engl. Hr.) · 2 in A · Bassklar. (auch Kb.-Klar.) · 2 Sax. (1. Alt/Bariton, 2. Alt/Bariton) · 2 (2. auch Kfg.) - 3 · 3 · 3 (3. Basspos.) · 1 - S. (4 Trgl. · 11 Röhrengl. · 4 Crot. · 9 Gongs · 4 Nietenbeck. · 2 hg. Beck. · 8 Röhren · 4 Tamt. · 6 Klangplatten · 8 Schellenbündel · 2 Donnerbleche · 2 Glsp. · 2 Vibr.) (4 Spieler) - 2 Keyb.* (beide Synth. u. Sampler) - Str. (2 · 0 · 2 · 2 · 2) - 12 Chorsolisten - Tontechniker im Saal
* Für alle technischen Anweisungen wenden Sie sich bitte an www.eotvospeter.com / For technical instructions please contact www.eotvospeter.com
IMA
Conductor: Mátyás Antal
Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar
2016-03-08 | Budapest (Hungary), Zeneakadémia — 19:30
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2011-05-14 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 20.00 h | national Premiere
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2009-11-13 | Paris (France), Maison de Radio France, Salle Olivier Messiaen | national Premiere
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland
2005-10-23 | Bruxelles (Belgium), Palais des Beaux-Arts — 20.00 h | national Premiere
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Holland
2005-10-22 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 14.15 h | national Premiere
IMA
2005-03-10 | Szeged (Hungary), Szeged National Theatre | First Night
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
2005-01-21 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
2005-01-20 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal
IMA
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
2005-01-19 | Stuttgart (Germany), Liederhalle, Beethoven-Saal
IMA
Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra: Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
2002-09-13 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie | World Premiere